NH legislator who wished death on Palin resigns

We covered this story yesterday and today, the legislator who said on his Facebook page that he wished Sarah Palin had been on the plane that crashed in Alaska, killing former Senator Ted Stevens, has resigned.


State Rep. Timothy Horrigan made the remarks Wednesday night in a thread discussing the Alaska plane crash that killed former Sen. Ted Stevens.

"Well a dead Palin wd be even more dangerous than a live one...she is all about her myth & if she was dead she cldn't commit any more gaffes," Horrigan wrote.

Horrigan was commenting on another post by a Democrat running for the state house, party activist Keith David Halloran, who found himself in hot water Wednesday after writing about the crash: "Just wish Sarah and Levy [sic] were on board."

After the controversy quickly gained steam Thursday, Horrigan sent a letter to the Speaker of the New Hampshire House offering his resignation.

"I apologize for thoughtless remarks I made which have brought this House into disrepute," Horrigan wrote. "I enjoyed my time in the House and I thank you personally for your support over the years."

Ryan Williams, a spokesman for the New Hampshire Republican Party, said Democrats in his state have "a widespread fixation" with Palin's death.

Wishing death on your political opponent crosses a line for both sides. Horrigan did the right thing but his "apology" rings a little hollow. He's only sorry he brought the legislature in "disrepute." I see no apology to Palin or her family in his remarks.